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Garden Art Creations: QuikWall in the Garden

By Boopaints
August 5, 2011

Our garden art creation this week will both surprise and delight you. Beginners and pros alike will find this mini-tutorial easy to understand and fun to follow. Let's step into the Wisconsin garden of artist Chris Rentmeister, known at ATP as goldfinch4, and learn all about QuikWall.

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Name: Linda
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
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chickhill
Dec 11, 2014 9:00 PM CST
I tip my hat to you. Love all the pieces you have created. Hope to try some this coming spring & summer.
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Dec 12, 2014 2:52 AM CST
Thanks Linda! Unfortunately I haven't had the time to play around with any cement projects the last few years, but I'll be looking forward to see what you come up with!
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Name: Holly
South Central Pa
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HollyAnnS
Dec 12, 2014 4:59 AM CST
I remember this article when it first came out, just so lovely and creative. I was wondering about the paints you used and how they have held up for you. Such beautiful colors you used.
Life is Great! Holly
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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Dec 12, 2014 7:19 AM CST
Very pretty and what a great tutorial! Even though I doubt that I would ever be ambitious enough to make garden art like this, I love having it in my garden.
Vickie
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Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages Forum moderator Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Seller of Garden Stuff I sent a postcard to Randy! Sempervivums Sedums Region: Wisconsin Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
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goldfinch4
Dec 12, 2014 7:46 AM CST
Holly, I just use acrylic craft paints (mostly Folk Art brand), and then I seal them with Behr Wet-Look Sealer. I don't use the painted ones for birdbaths because if water sits in them it will eventually mess up the sealer and paint, and birds bathing tend to scratch off the sealer and paint too. I usually bring my painted pieces in during the winter, but some of them are probably 6 years old and still look good.

Thanks Vickie!
Cubits Store: The Sempervivum Patch - plants, containers, accessories!
Also stop by Timber Treasures and Garden Buddies on Cubits
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Region: Mid-Atlantic I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Tropicals
Ponds Hummingbirder Birds Butterflies Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Garden Ideas: Master Level
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HollyAnnS
Dec 12, 2014 10:16 AM CST
I painted mine with exterior porch paint and used an enamel craft spray sealer on them. The leaves used for the water fall have held up very good over the summer. I am thinking of letting them outside this winter and see how they hold up. They are so large and heavy to move around. Your colors are just so beautiful and I am limited using the exterior paint, they will mix any color I want but I have to get them by the quart.
Life is Great! Holly
Please visit me and learn more about My Life on the Water a Personal Journey Thread in the MidAtlanticMusings Cubit.
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Name: Linda
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
Container Gardener Ferns Enjoys or suffers hot summers Canning and food preservation Cactus and Succulents Keeper of Poultry
Garden Art Butterflies Sempervivums Sedums Hummingbirder Hostas
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chickhill
Dec 12, 2014 4:59 PM CST
Holly & Chris, I'm going to Lowe's to see if their Valspar, $3.00, samples (7.2 fl. oz.) comes in outdoor paint. You can get any color mixed. Leaves are what I'm wanting to try Hurray!
I tip my hat to you.
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Region: Mid-Atlantic I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Tropicals
Ponds Hummingbirder Birds Butterflies Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Garden Ideas: Master Level
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HollyAnnS
Dec 12, 2014 5:29 PM CST
Let me know what you find out. I had gotten a few of those samples when I was painting one of the rooms and wondered if they did them in exterior paint. I know my local hardware doesn't but maybe a bigger store would.
Life is Great! Holly
Please visit me and learn more about My Life on the Water a Personal Journey Thread in the MidAtlanticMusings Cubit.
http://cubits.org/MidAtlanticMusings/thread/view/5752/
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages Forum moderator Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Seller of Garden Stuff I sent a postcard to Randy! Sempervivums Sedums Region: Wisconsin Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
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goldfinch4
Dec 13, 2014 1:54 AM CST
Good idea Linda!
Cubits Store: The Sempervivum Patch - plants, containers, accessories!
Also stop by Timber Treasures and Garden Buddies on Cubits

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